Not all ethics guide us to achieve happy, fulfilling lives
Madoff was what Ayn Rand would call a second-hander: someone who tries to gain values by pleasing and manipulating others rather than thinking for himself based on observation of facts and supporting himself through productive work.
What really drives Amazin’s critics is a hatred of success: success of anyone who is achieving more than others.
There is no virtue in restraining the pursuit of profit: profit maximization is moral.
No matter what the management troubles at Uber, it must be defended against any government tax grab or regulation potentially suffocating the company.
The only thing governments can do to facilitate innovation is to stay away from markets and allow companies compete and trade freely.
Businesspeople who produce material values are not the same as crooks who prey on gullible investors or customers or both, and produce nothing.
Clear moral principles, such as honesty, make the right—the self-interested, win-win—course of action so much easier.
CSR also sneaks in the ideal of altruism, the duty to serve others “to further some social good, beyond the interests of the firm.”
By clearly and publicly withdrawing their moral sanction of government’s freedom-curtailing and welfare-destroying actions, business leaders can have a big impact on all of our future.